Deauville Film Festival to Honor Will Ferrell

Will Ferrell

The American film fest in France will offer a retrospective of his work, with festival director Bruno Barde calling the actor "the king of American comedy."

PARIS – Kanye West’s favorite actor is getting a tribute in Deauville, France.

Will Ferrell, quoted by West in his GQ interview earlier this week and sampled in his 2011 song "N—as in Paris," will be honored by the American Film Festival for his comedy work.

Festival director Bruno Barde called the Anchorman and Stepbrothers actor "the king of American comedy."

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“The Deauville American Film Festival is, as its name suggests, the festival of all kinds of cinema, of every genre, and therefore considers nothing off-limits,” said Barde. 

“Zany, caustic, satirical, off-the-wall and over-the-top, he is all that and more — a pure delight for the audience,” Barde said in comparing Ferrell to France’s all-time favorite U.S. comedian, Jerry Lewis.

Ferrell will join fellow honoree Jessica Chastain and director James Cameron, who will present his latest film, Deepsea Challenger 3D, in the seaside Normandy town in September.

The Deauville Film Festival runs Sept. 5-15.

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